Name Deal Undone, FYROM Premier Cites “Macedonians” in Greece

FYROM's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski, FILE)

With a deal to rename the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) awaiting approval by the Greek Parliament, Premier Zoran Zaev said “Macedonians “ in Greece will have the right to be taught the “Macedonian” language, setting off a furious response.

With anti-nationalist Prime Minister and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras silent, President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said Greece will not accept “arbitrary” interpretations of the agreement to rename FYROM as North Macedonia although the agreement allows citizens there to be called Macedonians and have a Macedonian language and culture, giving away the name of an abutting ancient Greek province.

According to FYROM news sites mkd.mk and vecer.mk, Zaev’s remarks were made to a lawmaker of the nationalist VMRO party who asked about the fate of so-called “Aegean Macedonians” under the deal,

Asked by Kathimerini if Zaev did indeed refer to “Aegean Macedonians” and their right to be taught “Macedonian,” and if his comments imply the existence of a “Macedonian” minority in Greece – FYROM’s government spokesman Mile Bosnjakovski said his country’s language belongs to the group of southern Slavic languages and that it will become an official language of the European Union when FYROM joins the bloc.

The deal also lifted Greek vetoes keeping FYROM out of NATO and beginning EU accession talks but only if it’s finally ratified and becomes North Macedonia and gives up irrendentist claims to Greek territories, including the real Macedonia and second-largest city and major port of Thessaloniki.

Bosnjakovski said there are no articles in the deal specifying language use in FYROM and Greece. He didn’t say whether Zaev referred to “Aegean Macedonians.”

Earlier, Greece’s Alternate Foreign Minister Giorgos Katrougalos said that Athens expects FYROM to fully respect the name deal it signed with Greece last summer “in letter and spirit” but wants to examine what Zaev said.

Greece has said that FYROM’s insistence on describing the Slavic language of FYROM as “Macedonian” is tantamount to an attempt to appropriate the heritage of the Greek culture of the ancient Macedonians.

The major opposition New Democracy slammed what it described as Tsipras’s “provocative” silence on the issue and that the deal “encourages instead of erasing Skopje’s irredentism,” adding that, “The statement by Zaev about the capability of teaching the so-called Macedonian language in our country is a provocation to all Greeks.”

Curiously, there was no response from Tsipras’ junior coalition partner, the pro-austerity, marginal, jingoistic Independent Greeks (ANEL) of Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, who opposes the agreement and said he will take his party out of the coalition when it comes to vote in Parliament at the same time he said he won’t stand in the way of the deal.

3 Comments

    1. oops! Geoffrey Pyatt… U.S ambassador to Greece … has informed all Orthodox Christians… thai it was in the interests of the United States …to destroy the historic religious relations between the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and Russian Orthodox Church…. for the glory of the Anglo White Supremacist …..who have officially exposed …that the Orthodox faithful of the world … are their enemies …because Russia is a dominant Orthodox Country …. and now …represent a threat to their plans to secure the population and governments of Eastern Europe to the control of the newest fascist empire …the United States!

      Importantly, he has now exposed … that most likely … that the Ukrainian Church and Patriarch Bartholomew… have been blackmailed …into and in violation of the Orthodox Church tenets… complying with the separation of the relationship of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian Church… by the Neo Nazi installed Regime of the Ukraine..and the regime of America!

      When you combine …the false accusations by the Nato Governor of Greece.. Tsipras…the face of integrity… that the Orthodox Clergy and Monks of Mt . Athos…were collaborating with Russian Diplomats to oppose the government of Greece …in there treachery ..in handing over the culture of Greece to FYROM ….to get another Nato base in an another independent country of Europe ….and then attempting to separate the Orthodox Clergy from the government of Greece…. it is clear … we are seeing Fascism at its worst … and is the same tactic and Nazi Germany leaders … used on the Jews of Nazi Germany…which accussed them with collaborating to oppose the people and government of Germany….and commit genocidal slaughter of the Jews to eliminate them!

      America …is a rogue fascist country…made up of racist Anglo White Supremacist …who are the off Spring of their British Ancestors… the motherland of Anglo White Supremacist . What you must come to grips with…is the destruction of the Middle East …is real by these degenerates …who make anybody their enemy ..who obstructs their plans to take over the sovereignty of the world

      Today … like the Muslim faithful … who were portrayed as enemies of all American …because , they would not support the war crimes bombing of the Muslim population , and the occupation of now most of the Middle East… the Orthodox Church and faithful … represent a threat to these Degenerates… to resist the take over of not only the countries of Eastern Europe …but Orthodox Dominant Russia! Next …we will be called Terrorist …and then justify …there military intervention to put down these Anarchist and terrorist!

      Right now …every Orthodox Christian … should be calling their Orthodox Archdiocese demanding the reinstatement of the jurisdicition of the Orthodox church by Bartholomew …or demand his immediately resignation from the Orthodox Church!

      Additionally , we should be demanding the indictment of Ukranian and U.S officials ..like Geoffry :Pyatt for ..meddling and interfering in the practice of religious freedoms ..basic to our …mythical democracy! This is not only political discrimination and violation of separation of Church and State… but an infringement ….that only a Fascist government …like Nazi Germany could impose!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *